Monday, September 28, 2009

A Yankees Insight

Three hundred bottles of Champagne on the wall, 300 bottles of...

The preparation for the celebration started with the Yankees ahead in the eighth. Grounds crew members taped plastic sheets over the lockers to protect players’ laptop computers and other personal items from the Champagne that was about to flow.

Once the Yankees reached the clubhouse, they grabbed bottles of Champagne and sprayed a lot more than they consumed. While stars like Derek Jeter and Rivera celebrated in a subdued manner, unheralded players like Sergio Mitre and Edwar Ramirez treated the bottles like garden hoses. The Yankees emptied 300 bottles in about 20 minutes.

“We just got whatever this time,” the clubhouse manager Rob Cucuzza said of the choice of Champagne. “We’ll get better quality as we go along.”


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